Hackney Half Marathon

Run 13.1mi

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Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

Perfect for a PB

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Tickets £45–£89, Charity places available

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Experience the electric atmosphere of the Hackney Half Marathon. Runners of all stripes will love this course through the best that East London has to offer, supported by live bands and entertainment aplenty. This isn't just a race - it's a full-on festival.

Review summary

48 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Kelly A
"Brillant day well supported and my kids loved all activities after. defo doing..."


Gemma B
"A great day with great people! More loos on the course would be great and in..."


Alex R
"A really fun and well organised race. Everything from the pre-race..."
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Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Tickets & Charity places available

Hackney Half Marathon route

Cruise down Mare Street through a carnival of sound, pass by the famous Town Hall, head through the historic Broadway Market, and then take in Hackney Wick, which is flush with vibrant street art. Explore green spaces including Haggerston and Downs Parks, cross over twelve canals and rivers, and enjoy a panoramic view of the Olympic Park.

Event details

  • Road
  • Closed roads
  • Flat
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • Sold out last year
  • 25000 participants

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Over three epic days, move silly, move serious, and move together. Sweat with us on the marshes at the UKs biggest outdoor fitness festival and let the roads of Hackney move you at the Hackney Half.

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What’s Included

Your entry into the Hackney Half marathon gets you an exclusive NIKE finisher shirt, a medal, a tote bag, and swag from our partners which you will receive when you cross the finish line!

The Half Marathon Plus Perks Entry and Team Challenge Entry include all that you get with a Standard Entry as well as posh loos, private baggage check and raceday hospitality.

There will be eight aid stations on the Half Marathon route at: 1.5, 3.25, 4.75, 6.25, 8.25, 9.5, 11.25, and 12 miles.

No need for headphones! Live entertainment and DJs will keep you motivated and inspired on route.

Raceday Logistics

There will be thousands of runners, fans and supporters heading to Hackney Marshes for the Hackney Half. With a record 25,000 runners taking part, it is strongly recommended that you arrive at the Hackney Marshes at least one hour before the race starts.


07:00 - Festival Village & bag drop opens

08:10 - Half Marathon warm-up

08:25 - Runners head to start pens


10:05 - First half marathon finisher

10:45 - Prize-giving at finish line

13:15 - Half marathon last finisher and race cut-off

15:30 - Festival Village closed

Kit List

For safety reasons, it's suggested that you run without music so you can stay alert and aware of your surroundings and other runners. This way you can also soak up the energy, atmosphere and unplug!

Hackney Festival of Fitness is for everybody. Spectators can have a go at the fitness sessions on offer, explore the market on the marshes, our try catch their runners at one of our dedicated Fan Hubs. Once the hard work is done, it’ll be time to celebrate just as hard with local food, flavours, beers, entertainment and more.

Get involved with Virgin Sport and the local host city community! It takes a village to make our events incredible, and everyone is welcome to join us. There are lots of roles available during the race and street party experience, so there is something to suit everyone.

In return for volunteering, you'll get a breakfast or lunch, a Virgin Sport event cap and FREE entry into a Virgin Sport event within one year (subject to minimum age limits that apply to each of our events).

Visit https://uk.virginsport.com/volunteers for further details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the Hackney Half Marathon start?
The Hackney Half starts on the Hackney Marshes at the Festival Village. From here, the route will take runners through Hackney Downs, London Fields and Victoria Park.
At what time does the Hackney Half start?
The start time for Hackney Half Marathon 2020 has yet to be announced, but last year this race started at 9am. There are many other activities at this 3 day Festival of Fitness.
When will I receive my race pack for the Hackney Half?
You can opt to pay for your pack to be posted to you, it should arrive at least two weeks before the race. If you choose to collect your race pack you can collect it from the Festival Village on the Friday or Saturday before the race. You can send someone else to collect your pack for you, just make sure they have a copy of your ID and a copy of our confirmation email.
Can you sign up for the Hackney Half on the day?
No, you must register for the Hackney Half Marathon in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment as this event often sells out.
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Hackney Half Marathon reviews (48)

4.6 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

Perfect for a PB

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    Josh H

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    After being out of the loop for a number of years this course is a great one to get back into it. Vibes the whole way around, every turn was exciting and the support along the way amazing. It really felt like you were being encouraged to dig deep the whole way around. Loved every moment of it and will definitely be back for 2020.
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    Samuel B

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Awesome event - the atmosphere is just unreal! The community all really come out in support and make it electric!
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    Al C

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Well organised, great atmosphere and music. Amazing event and race village at the end a festival feel ! Will definitely be going back for a 3rd time !
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    i Have done 4 half marathons and by far this is my favourite. Beating Paris, Wimbledon Common and Birmingham. Organisation was amazing and the support ALL around the course helped me to get a PB!!!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    This was my second year running this event and I absolutely loved it. From bib collection to crossing the finish line, the Virgin team go out of their way to put on a great experience. A combination of the weather being cooler this year, and the fact I had actually done some training leading up to to the race, helped me shave a couple of minutes off my time and set a new PB. Looking forward to coming back next year. And last but not least, as always, The Princess of Wales is the perfect post-race pub.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    I highly enjoyed the Hackney Half this year! It was my second half and it was a completely different experience to the first. The atmosphere was amazing and really carried me round the course. i ended up knocking 20 mins off my first one last year. I highly recoment the Hackney half to anyone looking for a good fun run to do - it was brilliant fun and i really felt that i achieved something! Looking forwad to doing the 2020 one already!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    A really fun and well organised race. Everything from the pre-race communication through to super easy bag drop (and collect) made it simple. Good food and drink options, clear meeting points etc. so logistically there was zero stress. The route was great and well supported throughout. It's pretty flat with a few ups and downs but a good entry level race which suited me perfectly. The location is a bit tricky to get to as it was a reasonable walk from the jubilee line.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Perhaps I'm a little spoiled with the scenery around South West London but the HH course was a little drab and empty in places early on. This was made up for by the troops of supporters down the line who were fab (shout out to the Run Dem Crew station and the GoodGym water station). There are a few unsuspecting hills particularly towards the end so be prepared for that. The water stations are really slow (i.e. lots of people queuing for them) but I think that's more a symptom of the huge number of people running which also makes it so awesome!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    A great day with great people! More loos on the course would be great and in the festival village... but aside from that it was excellent and the volunteers are amazing! Well done to people making it happen for others!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Brillant day well supported and my kids loved all activities after. defo doing next year. Oh i got a Pb too. fab defo recommend.